The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) Lancaster, known affectionately as Thumper, has had to perform an emergency landing at RAF Coningsby after after suffering a mid-air engine fire during a training flight. None of the crew were hurt in the incident and the fire was suppressed before it could cause any major damage to the airframe. The fire appears to have begun after the engine misfired in-flight.
The aircraft is the only airworthy example of the Avro Lancaster bomber in the UK. The only other example is located in Canada and last year the two aircraft met and flew together, the first time more than one Lancaster had been in the air at the same time in over 40 years. That aircraft suffered a similar incident last year but is flying again.